A Taiwanese dessert with a difference

13 Nov

The first time I was taken to Snowflake I didn’t appreciate it. It was late, I was tired, and I had no idea what black beans and taro were doing in my dessert.

Then I went back and gave it a second chance. This time the combination of shaved ice with chewy toppings including glutinous rice, tapioca pearls, taro balls won me over. Perhaps it’s just a novelty factor. Perhaps it’s just so darn cooling in the tropical heat. Perhaps it’s the fact it feels like quite a healthy treat.

I can’t imagine rustling one up when I get back to the UK. But perhaps I’ll take back some of the elements of a Snowflake; ice instead of icecream (sorbet?) and flavourful glutinous rice in Asian inspired cakes or good old British rice pudding. Think I’ll be keeping beans in the main course for now though…

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2 Responses to “A Taiwanese dessert with a difference”

  1. Ilene November 13, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    Ooooh!! I LOVE Taiwanese desserts!! I also think its kinda weird to have beans and taro in dessert but I’m getting used to it! My favorite thing is dou hwa- it’s pudding with a ginger syrup and peanuts. Sounds funny but it’s good both hot and cold!

    • cosysoul November 14, 2011 at 9:48 am #

      Wow that does sound good, I love ginger syrup…perhaps I can track it down in Malaysia

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